Just gonna be real here:
momma ain't never giving up her glass of rose. I can give up dairy, sugar and queso (yea that's a food group in Texas) but I refuse to give up the one glass of happiness I reward myself with at the end of the LONG day.
And here's the thing: I DON'T HAVE TO!!!
I gained a whopping 55 pounds while pregnant with my daughter. My whole first trimester I was sick as a dog (literally throwing up outside a live truck on the way to breaking news...not my finest moment) and the second trimester I got diagnosed with low-lying placenta, so I couldn't workout without risk to the baby. Then by the third trimester, Joss landed her noggin on my sciatic nerve and I walked with a gangster lean for weeks. I even covered a Trump protest in Downtown Austin around 7 months pregnant, chasing protesters for HOURS...IN HEELS...ON LIVE TV...with a gangster lean. So glamorous, right? (you can catch that moment here, where I'm huffing and puffing through my live shot.)
So when I had to turn around and lose that weight, I was FREAKING OUT. How do I take care of a baby, keep a clean house (OCD, remember) and get to the gym (because I can't do at-home workouts, I always find stuff to clean midway through and sort of wonder off). It was mentally the hardest part of postpartum those first few months. I just wanted to feel like my old self again and wear my old (now dusty) clothes.
First off, they should tell you at the hospital in those first few days after having the baby (while they sort of hold you hostage while they make sure you and the baby are okay) that IT TAKES A YEAR to get your body back to "normal." No, you'll never technically be the same as you were before, 'cuz ya birthed a freaking human, and that's pretty awesome. But (and I can only speak for myself here, although a lot of moms I know agree with me) something happens around one-year postpartum, and all of a sudden you wake up and you're like huh, I kinda feel like my old self again. This is MY body, not just a delivery vehicle for my baby. AND IT'S WONDERFUL. But man, does it feel like a long first year to get there.
I did it, though. One year later, and I stepped on that scale and I had LOST the baby weight. *Well like 53 out of the 55 pounds but who's getting that specific* IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH.
And here's my NUMBER ONE TRICK FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT:
the rule of thirds.
Not like "eat a third of your plate" or "eat one third of your normal calories." Because I eat the whole plate and I need at least 1,500 calories a day since I exercise. No, THIS one third rule is a game changer.
Here's how it works: I break my day into "thirds." There's my morning with Joss (my one year old) that begins at 8 a.m. and goes to noon when she naps and I get ready for work. Then, there's the 1 p.m. to around 6 p.m. when I'm headed to/at work, making a billion phone calls to set up stories, rushing around in traffic to get to interviews, and finally back at the station to write my story for the newscast.
My THIRD part of the day is from dinner to home and in bed, so 6 p.m. to midnight. This is the part of the day I struggle with most because I'm tired, hungry and usually want a snack and a glass of wine when I get home at 11 p.m. even though it's late and I probably shouldn't be eating before bed.
SO I live by this rule: if I can make healthy decisions for AT LEAST the first 1/3 of my day, then I'm doing pretty damn good. And for me, how I START my day affects how I FINISH my day, so it's extremely important. I start at 8 a.m. with a cup of coffee while I feed Joss breakfast and change her for the gym. Then, at 9 a.m. we head to 24 Hour Fitness and I workout for an hour while she plays in the Kid's Care. It's a win-win.
When I get home, I make a "Fab 4" smoothie. That's code for the 4 essentials to start your day: fat, protein, fiber (FIBER IS CRUCIAL FOR WEIGHT LOSS - FUTURE BLOG POST ON THIS IN THE WORKS) and greens. I put a scoop of protein powder along with a spoonful of dehydrated peanut butter, half a banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a GIANT handful of spinach/kale mix. WHY GREENS?? Because you get a whole bunch of amazing nutrients without having to taste it! All together it just tastes like a delicious chocolate smoothie! Promise!
Weight loss/management smoothie (replace your breakfast with this and I promise you'll stay full for hours!)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (skip regular milk, this is better for your gut and basically just acts as a base for all the other flavors so you don't really taste it)
- large handful of greens (I like a spinach/kale mix)
- 1 scoop of protein
- Half a cup of fruit (I like frozen mangos bc they're cheap and full of good vitamins or half a banana)
- scoop of powdered peanut butter
- sprinkle of chia seeds for extra protein
By the time I finish my smoothie, I'm full and feel super energetic 'till I need a snack around 3 after our news meeting. Since I kicked butt my first 1/3 of the day, I feel motivated to keep it up, so I eat hummus and veggies or a Greek yogurt for protein. Then around 6 p.m. when I get back to the station, I eat the dinner I meal-prepped for myself on my days off (which is always full of protein, veggies and lots and LOTS of fiber) and BAM! Now I've been good for 2/3 of my day...I'm a freaking rockstar!
And theeeennnnn is where I run into trouble. I'm feeling great, maybe even ate some carrots or cucumber slices on my drive home after my live shot at 10 p.m. and I get home and OH BOY DOES THAT POPCORN LOOK GOOD. Maybe a cheese stick. Oh and a handful of chips. And of COURSE a glass (or two) of wine. Ugh. Crap. Now I've undone all the good I did today.
NOPE. I haven't. Because even though I probably *shouldn't* have eaten the popcorn with my much-deserved glass of wine, I'm still doing great overall. Because I did so well on my first 1/3 of the day, then my 2/3 of the day, that a little "slip" on my last third isn't going to kill me. It just makes me human, right? ;)
And this HAS WORKED for me. I've lost the weight. I'm in my old clothes. Most importantly, I feel like MYSELF again. And that makes me a better mom, wife, reporter and person. When I feel good, I'm happier and more motivated. So that's what has worked for me, I hope some of these tips can work for you, too!
Just remember: it's easy to get overwhelmed when you think about "dieting" or eating healthy for a WHOLE day. It's so much more manageable to just think about eating healthy for the first third of your day! And I guarantee it makes it easier to make good decisions for the next 2/3 of your day :)
I bought new pants to celebrate finally getting down to my pre-baby weight! Even now I am still a size 8 at 6'1" and I love being strong and curvy! Remember: it's about how you FEEL, not the number on the scale that matters.